Smeade (80) - Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
S: black, tan head, medium collar, decent lacing
A: dry, malty, roasty, lemon peel
T: slight bitter, balanced with roasted malts, dry in a very nice way, medium finish, with a little hop tinge at the end
O: very nice, fairly balanced, but the back end isn't there, good, worth drinking again
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
deyholla (8031) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tsp at the Haymarket Greenbush event. Pours near black with a brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges and laces. Aroma has a decent amount of dank pine hops with some underlying roasted malts. Flavor has pine up front with some growing roasted malts and dark grains.
Tmoney99 (11826) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample. Poured black color with an average frothy light brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate toasted chocolate malt and complex hop aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy toasted bittersweet flavor with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of medium duration. Very good brew.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle. Thanks Sean! Overcarbonated, had to decant. Big super spicy aroma. Condensed, rich fresh spicy hops and darker malts. This has a really fun unique Black IPA flavor profile. Good restraint on the dark malt flavors and a really nice blast of piney and spicy hops. Spicy, have I said that enough. Grassy and bitter in the finish, as it should be. Dial in the carbonation and youíve got a very fine Cascadian Dark Ale here.
Reynolds314 (2811) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent Black IPA. The hops combine for a soapy like character that Im not a huge fan of but the roasty backbone is there and the hop presence is strong.
Ernesto987 (4556) - Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge thanks to panantap for tossing in this extra, Smells like a hill farmstead beer. Good light roasty flavors. This is pretty tasty.
574deadzone (1195) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Pours deepest black, slightly brown around the edges, with a finger and a half of tight khaki-brown head. Nose is big grain, slightly roasted, with hints of spice, earth, and stone fruit. An awesome combination. Taste is medium sweet with some bitterness coming through. Not monstrously bitter, but rather well balanced. Palate is full, round, bright in spots with a long bitter finish with a little bite. Iíve been dying to try this and I was not disappointed. Really nice brew and Iíll surely have it again.
kdmcguire10 (18) - Grand Blanc, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black IPA with a bite. Getting some licorice. Really bitter bite. Nice head retention. Solid beer
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, no date. Thanks to Kan for the bottle! Pours deep mahogany--black in the glass--with a one finger creamy beige head, fading to a thick film before long. Roasted malt dominates the nose, but doesnít seem to be burnt at all. There is also a bit of toasted malt and fairly light caramel, a good amount of piney hops following, tinge of florals behind. Flavor has stronger pine notes. Still fairly roasty, some alcohol showing up in the dry finish, just a bit burnt. Bitterness peaked at a 4-5 in the dry finish. Medium body with low smooth carbonation. This beer is more like a hoppy porter, and a bit like a less tasty version of 3F Alpha Klaus.
Pailhead (5588) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of northernbrews
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, pine, and light roasted nuts. It pours dark brown with some reddish-orange highlights and a large beige head with great retention and lots of clumpy lacing. The flavor starts with chocolate and a touch of caramel. The finish has moderate roasted nuttiness and pine. Itís medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Overall, itís a hoppy Porter. Calling it a Black IPA is a bit of a stretch...at least in terms of flavor profile.